Duane 'Dog' Chapman was speaking with Dr.Oz who advised him to look after himself. Chapman lost his wife 3 months ago and promised he would take better care of himself.
Reality TV star Duane 'Dog' Chapman suffered a terrible loss three months ago when his wife Beth Chapman passed away from throat cancer. However, his own health seems to have taken a hit. Chapman is presently suffering from a pulmonary embolism in the heart something that is described as a “life-threatening” because one or more of the crucial arteries in the organ is blocked. Chapman was admitted to a hospital with chest pains and spent the past two weeks being monitored.
Chapman's illness was revealed during a clip of an interview of The Dr. Oz Show according to a People report. The show's host visited Chapman at his Denver home and told him, "You’re a ticking time bomb. You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now. Fear of death is normal. I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts. But when you run away from doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring."
Dr. Oz told the magazine that Chapman was "denying care that he knew would be life saving. (Duane) was fearful. Beth had been his north star. She was the one that would go with him and keep him balanced so he could deal with these things. Losing her took away his biggest support. I said, 'What would Beth do.' What would she say to you? I don’t think she’d be happy with what you’re doing. You’re throwing away your life, you’re throwing away your ability to parent your kids. You have to man up.' That’s what she would say."
Chapman said he was weary of hospitals and doctors but eventually understood that taking care of his own health was important. "I hesitated for a minute thinking, I don’t want to have to go through this again. I don’t want to die right now. I’m not afraid to die anymore, but I really didn’t care for awhile if something would happen. I do care now,"he said. Chapman is now on a healthy diet as well as on blood thinners. He also said he is making progress in kicking his smoking habit. "Once this goes away, I am 100 percent. I’ve had fears. The blood clot is not a normal thing but it happens a lot, but I’m going to be 100 percent. I’m encouraged by it," he added.